ANA Global Neurology Presidential Initiative: Action Plan Update*

Date/Time: Monday, September 11, 2023 - 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Track: Interactive Lunch Workshop
Room: Franklin Hall 2 (4th Floor)
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Chair: Frances Jensen, MD, FACP, FANA

Co-Chair: Kiran Thakur, MD

Opening Remarks 

Speaker: Frances Jensen, MD, FACP, FANA

Overview of the ANA Global Neurology Presidental Initiative

Speaker: Kiran Thakur, MD

Zambia Action Plan Update

Speaker: Melody Asukile, MB.Ch.B, MMED, FCNeurol(SA)

Updates on projects in progress funded by the ANA presidential initiative in Zambia

Nigeria Action Plan Update

Speaker: Njideka Ulunma Okubadejo, MB.Ch.B, MD, FMCP

The ANA has allocated funds to promote activities related to Neurology education in Nigeria. Following a series of stakeholder interactions, the action plan for utilizing the funds in the short term to have deliverables that will be impactful was developed. In summary, the proposal is to utilize the assigned funds for mentored research projects conducted by early career neurologists/ neurology residents in training. At this session, further details of the action plan, the objectives and strategy for effectively executing the plan, and the methods for assessing the outcome will be discussed.

Uganda Action Plan Update

Speaker: Angelina Kakooza Mwesige, MB.Ch.B, MMed, PhD

The American Neurological Association (ANA) Presidential Global Neurology Initiative, under the leadership of the Global Engagement Committee is making every effort to improve collaborations with academic neurologists and neuroscientists in low resource settings. As part of the ANA Presidential Global Neurology Initiative, an ANA Pilot Fund Proposal Program for sub Saharan Africa has been set up. The four countries of focus are Ghana, Nigeria, Uganda and Zambia (each to receive 5000 dollars/region). This presentation will give a brief update of the current/short term projects utilizing the $5K funding from the ANA for the region of Uganda.


Speaker: Fred Stephen Sarfo, MD, PhD

Problem: Resource constraints constitute an important barrier to neurology training in low-and-middle income countries (LMICs). Neurology training in LMICs has a tremendous potential for growth through collaborative, and mutually beneficial global health partnerships with resource-replete countries.

Proposed Action Plan: The ANA Global Neurology Presidential Initiative: Action Plan was developed between the ANA and African neurology academics to foster bi-directional learning in harnessing resources to promote neurology training in African countries. Ghana received funding support of 5,000 USD for the purposes of organizing modular, educational training sessions targeting both neurology residents and non-neurologist clinicians.

1. A Training curriculum is being developed for a series of 6-8 on-line lectures to be delivered by Consultant Neurologists. 
2. Lectures will be delivered as Webinars via Zoom or Teams
3. Participant uptake of course content will be assessed using Pre-test and post-test questions
4. Evaluation and assessment of educational sessions by participants

Next Steps: Apply for a D43 NIH grant to support and sustain Neurology training and research capacity building in Ghana.


Moderator: Kiran Thakur, MD

Closing Remarks

Speaker: Frances Jensen, MD, FACP, FANA